Waiting for Messi, Barcelona to start out season vs Villarreal

Madrid, September 1

With or with out Lionel Messi, Barcelona already is aware of it’s going to begin its season at residence towards Villarreal on the finish of September.

The Spanish league introduced its calendar on Monday, and the primary spherical is scheduled for the second weekend of September. But Barcelona and different groups who performed later into this previous season may have a few of their video games postponed in order that they have time to arrange.

All matches will proceed to be performed in empty stadiums. The league hoped a minimum of some followers could be allowed into matches, however Spain has been struggling to comprise a brand new surge of coronavirus circumstances.

Messi, who final week instructed Barcelona he needs to go away, skipped the staff’s first day of coaching on Monday. He had already been a no-show on Sunday because the squad underwent coronavirus testing on the membership’s coaching heart.

He needs to go away on a clause that enables him to go away totally free on the finish of the season, however Barcelona mentioned that clause has expired. It needs the Argentine nice to remain a minimum of till the top of his contract in June 2021.

There is not any signal of how lengthy the dispute goes to final, as neither the membership nor the participant seem like keen to make concessions.

Barcelona’s first match would have been towards promoted Elche at Camp Nou Stadium, with the second towards Athletic Bilbao.

The first clásico towards Real Madrid will probably be in late October, additionally at Camp Nou. The second will probably be on April 11 in Madrid.

Real Madrid, which additionally returned to coaching on Monday, will debut within the second spherical at Real Sociedad. Only Madrid’s first-round recreation was postponed because it did not attain the Champions League quarterfinals.

Atlético Madrid has been given the primary two rounds off, and can begin towards Granada at residence.

The league is scheduled to complete in May 2021. AP

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